The bi-lingual compass points created by Aboriginal artist Chris Edwards at the apex of the V-Wall following its upgrade in 2018 have now been reinstated thanks to Nambucca Heads resident George Micolich.
The original work, which included the Gumbaynggirr words for each of the four directions, had unfortunately deteriorated to the point where it became a trip hazard and had to be removed.
A regular walker along the V-Wall, Mr Micolich felt the holes that remained paid no justice to the artist and his original idea and decided to fix the problem.
"I checked with Gary Williams at the Muurrbay Language Centre to make sure I had the Gumbaynggirr words correctly spelt and also the appropriate colours," Mr Micolich said.
"The circular design positions the Gumbaynggirr people on the inside of the circle at the heart of their land here. Australian cultural developments then expand outwards from this heart.
"Then I designed the elements on the computer, printed them out and installed them, filling the holes with epoxy resin."
The compass points form part of the V-Wall's Ocean Gallery mural, which also includes designs created by Nambucca Heads Public School Stage One students.